COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball first-year Jenna Devens (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, May 1. Devens claimed her second weekly award of the year, but her first major accolade.
Devens batted .455 with a 1.030 slugging percentage and .486 on-base percentage during a 10-game week, hitting 15-for-33 with seven runs, four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI. Across four games in the circle, she posted a complete game and 14 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. Last Monday, Devens walked in game one against Southern New Hampshire University before going 3-for-4 with a run, four RBI and a home run in the second contest. On Tuesday against regionally-ranked University of New Haven, she was 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk in the opener and 1-for-4 with a double in game two. During the completion of a suspended game at Bentley University on Thursday, Devens was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, a double and the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning. In the nightcap, she was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double. On Friday at American International College, Devens was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a homer in game one before hitting another solo homer in game two. On Saturday at Assumption University, she finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double in the opener and 1-for-3 in the season finale.
Devens ended the year with a school-record 12 home runs, finishing as the NE10's regular-season leader in dingers. She is tied for the NCAA Division II national lead among first-years in home runs, with Cameron (Okla.) University's Kaiden Boren. Devens' 30 RBI were two shy of a school record, while that and her 50 hits were each the most by any Purple Knight in 13 seasons. Devens slugged .779 this spring, the best by a Purple and Gold player since 1980. She enters her sophomore year tied for fourth in school history in career homers. Devens is 22nd in the nation in home runs per game (0.31) and 30th in slugging, good for third in the East Region. She is second in the region in homers and ninth in batting average. Over 41.1 innings in the circle, Devens fanned 32 batters.
Thanks in large part to Devens, Saint Michael's finished as the NE10's regular-season leader in home runs, with a school-record 35. Otherwise, the Purple and Gold put together its best offensive showing nearly across the board in 13 years, posting its highest slugging percentage (.385) and on-base percentage (.309) and most runs (147), hits (259) and RBI (129) since 2009. This year's team matched that 2009 squad for the most walks (78) since 2007. The Purple Knights' run and RBI figures were both good for third in program annals.